Published 30 June 2016 by Penguin Michael Joseph and available here
Thirteen years ago eighteen year old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the brutal murder of her family. It was an open and shut case and Hannah’s been incarcerated in a secure hospital ever since. When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to meet Hannah and give her assessment of her she reluctantly agrees. What she finds horrifies her. Hannah has become a tragic figure, old before her time. And Frieda is haunted by the thought that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family; that something wasn’t right all those years ago. And as Hannah’s case takes hold of her, Frieda soon begins to realise that she’s up against someone who’ll go to any lengths to protect themselves . . . Saturday Requiem is the sixth addictive and intriguing novel in the Frieda Klein series by the bestselling author Nicci French.
It is always a treat to discover a new Nicci French. It all started long ago with Blue Monday. We have finally got to Saturday Requiem. Quality reads, every one! Excitement overload.
As usual Frieda takes centre stage, with her gang of friends. Frieda is asked to look into the brutal slaying of a family. This is a murder of an entire family, by a teenage girl Hannah Docherty. Hannah has been locked up in a secure mental health unit, since she was eighteen. Hannah has deteriorated and is now in poor mental and physical state. Frieda starts to believe that Hannah was framed, wanting to re-open the investigation. Who killed the Docherty family? Will Frieda get to the truth?
There is something unique and brilliant about this series. Frieda Klein is a psychotherapist and she has such a wonderful way of seeing the world. She is very British, very professional and she cares. We now have got to know her very well. Frieda values her friends and the interaction between them all is fabulous. I wanted to see more of Karlsson, but sadly his broken bones kept him out of the action. And I could adopt Josef, her sweet Polish friend.
This was all about Frieda and her steady fight for justice. I liked the focus on poor Hannah and her decline within the mental health system. And it looks like things are being set up nicely for a Dean Reeve confrontation. Dean Reeve has long been a stalker of Frieda, but has disappeared into the background. He is there as a shadowy figure. I see interesting things ahead for Frieda, with the deadly Dean.
This is one series you cannot dip into. You need to read it all and get a sense of Frieda and her history. I truly love Frieda and hope the Sunday instalment is not the end. I predict that the Sunday story will give us a few answers to the Dean Reeve question.
Thumbs up from me!